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The Last Exorcism (2010)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $41,034,350Details
International Box Office $29,131,550Details
Worldwide Box Office $70,165,900
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $7,026,270 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,736,360 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $8,762,630
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus' own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell - and themselves - before it is too late.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
Critics
72% - Fresh
Audience
34% - Spilled

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$1,800,000
Domestic Releases: August 27th, 2010 (Wide) by Lionsgate
International Releases: December 3rd, 2010 (Wide) (Italy)
Video Release: January 4th, 2011 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 For disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material.
(Rating bulletin 2126, 6/22/2010)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Franchise: The Last Exorcism
Comparisons: vs. The Incubus
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Keywords: Religious, Mockumentary, Possessed
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Strike Entertainment, StudioCanal
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,597 $124,000 Oct 1, 2010 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,225 $344,675 Sep 24, 2010 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,759 $1,211,349 Sep 17, 2010 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,107 $3,322,853 Sep 10, 2010 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,506 $7,341,976 Sep 3, 2010 10
Biggest August Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 87 $20,366,613 Aug 27, 2010 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 827 $20,366,613 Aug 27, 2010 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 1,338 $20,366,613 Aug 27, 2010 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,022 2,874 Aug 27, 2010 3
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 1,603 $7,050,793 Aug 28, 2010 2
Biggest August Day at the Domestic Box Office 137 $9,406,821 Aug 27, 2010 1
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 728 $9,406,821 Aug 27, 2010 1

Cast

Patrick Fabian    Cotton Marcus
   Nell Sweetzer
Iris Bahr    Iris
Louis Herthum    Louis Sweetzer
Caleb Landry-Jones    Caleb Sweetzer
Tony Bentley    Gerald Manley
John Wright Jr.    Earl Marcus
Shanna Forrestall    Shanna Marcus
Justin Shafer    Justin Marcus
Carol Sutton    Shopkeeper
Victoria Patenaude    Motorist
John Wilmont    Spindly Man
Becky Fly    Becky Davis
Denise Lee    Nurse
Logan Craig Reid    Logan Winters
Sofia Hugabre    Cafe Manager
Adam Grimes    Daniel Moskawitz

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Huck Botko
Screenwriter    Andrew Gurland
Producer    Eric Newman
Producer    Eli Roth
Producer    Marc Abraham
Producer    Thomas A. Bliss
Executive Producer    Huck Botko
Executive Producer    Andrew Gurland
Executive Producer    Phil Altman
Executive Producer    Ron Halpern
Co-Producer    Patty Long
Co-Producer    Gabielle Neimand
Director of Photography    Zoltan Honti
Production Designer    Andrew Bofinger
Editor    Shilpa Khanna
Costume Designer    Shauna Leone
Casting Director    Lauren Bass

DVD Sales: Machete Cuts Through the Competition

January 18th, 2011

A total of four new releases reached the top 30 on the sales chart this week. One of those films, Machete, topped the charts with 691,000 units sold and $11.05 million in opening week sales. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 4th, 2011

January 3rd, 2011

The first week of the year and this year starts the same way last year ends, without a whole lot of must have choices. Machete is topping the chart, and it's a good movie, but there are not enough extras on the DVD / Blu-ray to rate as Pick of the Week material. On the other hand, Howl's DVD and Blu-ray are loaded with extras, but the movie didn't live up to expectations with critics. After going over the list for a third time, I have to conclude that there are no Pick of the Week releases this time around. That should change next week. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Last Exorcism

January 1st, 2011

Lionsgate has an incredible talent for finding and marketing inexpensive movies, creating mostly mid-level hits. There's a reason why they are one of the best mini-majors out there. One could argue they the best overall, as Fox Searchlight has major label support, while Summit without Twilight looks a lot like New Line without Lord of the Rings. One of their latest finds was The Last Exorcism, which cost less than $2 million to make, but earned more than $40 million theatrically. That's not a whole lot of money compared to most wide releases, so will those that discover it on the home market be in for a treat? More...

Awards Season: Winter Showed Its Independence

December 1st, 2010

The official arrival of winter is still a few weeks away, but Winter's Bone ushered in the start of Awards Season picking up seven Independent Spirit Award nominations. This was the most of any film, with The Kids Are All Right placing second with five. More...

Will Resident Evil be Good for the Box Office?

September 9th, 2010

The weekend after Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend at the box office for the entire year. This time around there is only one wide release, Resident Evil: Afterlife, which will have no trouble topping the chart. In fact, it will be the only film to reach $10 million over the weekend. Will it do well enough to help 2010 keep pace with last year when there were four wide releases? More...

New Releases were Hardly Working

September 7th, 2010

There was some good news and some bad news this weekend. On the one hand, none of the new releases were able to live up to expectations, which resulted in a 6% drop-off from last weekend to $106 million. On the other hand, that was over 7% more than the same weekend last year. Throw in Monday's numbers and Labor Day 2010 earned $133 million, 6% ahead of 2009. Year-to-date, 2010 extended its lead over 2009 to 4.2% at $7.71 billion to $7.37 billion. More...

Will New Releases Have to Work Hard to Succeed?

September 2nd, 2010

Labor Day long weekend is the official end of summer vacation, although the summer blockbuster season has been over for a couple weeks now. It is arguably the worst long weekend of the year to release a film, but there are three wide releases this week hoping to buck that trend. While none really have a chance at being anything more than a mid-level hit, all three have a shot at top spot, and all three might top last year's number one new release, All About Steve. Meanwhile, overall 2010 should match 2009 with plenty of room to spare. More...

Contest: Not the Last Chance to Win: Winning Announcement

August 31st, 2010

The winners of our Not the Last Chance to Win contest were determined and they are... More...

Takers Take Top Spot

August 30th, 2010

There was an upset at the box office with Takers pulling out a last minute win. However, it wasn't enough for the overall box office, as that sunk 12% from last weekend to $113 million. More importantly, it was down nearly 10% from last year. 2010 still has a $300 million lead over 2009 at $7.53 billion to $7.23 billion and I'm not concerned about the big picture, yet. More...

Not Quite the Last Weekend of Summer

August 26th, 2010

The last weekend of summer is actually the Labor Day long weekend, which is next weekend. So that makes this weekend the penultimate weekend of summer, which is one of the worst weekends of the year to open a film. Last year was a bit of an exception with The Final Destination opening with $27.41 million. There's almost no chance The Last Exorcism will perform that well; in fact, if it matches Halloween 2's opening, I think the studio will be happy. More...

Contest: Not the Last Chance to Win

August 20th, 2010

It's the last contest of the summer and it looks like The Last Exorcism will be the only true wide release of the weekend, making it the clear choice for target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Last Exorcism. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come on DVD and Starberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball Movie on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come on DVD and Starberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball Movie on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2010 Preview: August

August 1st, 2010

July started out rather well, and while there was a little weakness in the end, four films surpassed $100 million, and another could join them soon. That said, there don't appear to be any $100 million movies opening in August; in fact, there is a chance none will come close. Worse still, August of last year saw three $100 million movies open in the first three weeks. There's almost no chance that will happen this year, so 2010 will likely lose ground to 2009 in the yearly box office race. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/08/27 2 $20,366,613   2,874 $7,087   $20,366,613 3
2010/09/03 4 $7,341,976 -64% 2,874 $2,555   $32,114,360 10
2010/09/10 7 $3,322,853 -55% 2,731 $1,217   $38,062,322 17
2010/09/17 14 $1,211,349 -64% 2,013 $602   $40,113,370 24
2010/09/24 19 $344,675 -72% 707 $488   $40,773,301 31
2010/10/01 37 $124,000 -64% 307 $404   $40,990,055 38

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/08/27 1 $9,406,821   2,874 $3,273   $9,406,821 1
2010/08/28 2 $7,050,793 -25% 2,874 $2,453   $16,457,614 2
2010/08/29 2 $3,908,999 -45% 2,874 $1,360   $20,366,613 3
2010/08/30 2 $1,352,249 -65% 2,874 $471   $21,718,862 4
2010/08/31 2 $1,258,996 -7% 2,874 $438   $22,977,858 5
2010/09/01 3 $941,797 -25% 2,874 $328   $23,919,655 6
2010/09/02 3 $852,729 -9% 2,874 $297   $24,772,384 7
2010/09/03 4 $2,245,758 +163% 2,874 $781   $27,018,142 8
2010/09/04 4 $2,767,933 +23% 2,874 $963   $29,786,075 9
2010/09/05 5 $2,328,285 -16% 2,874 $810   $32,114,360 10
2010/09/06 6 $1,408,215 -40% 2,874 $490   $33,522,575 11
2010/09/07 7 $447,231 -68% 2,874 $156   $33,969,806 12
2010/09/08 7 $405,857 -9% 2,874 $141   $34,375,663 13
2010/09/09 7 $363,806 -10% 2,874 $127   $34,739,469 14
2010/09/10 6 $1,057,027 +191% 2,731 $387   $35,796,496 15
2010/09/11 7 $1,560,119 +48% 2,731 $571   $37,356,615 16
2010/09/12 9 $705,707 -55% 2,731 $258   $38,062,322 17
2010/09/13 10 $203,947 -71% 2,731 $75   $38,266,269 18
2010/09/14 10 $229,955 +13% 2,731 $84   $38,496,224 19
2010/09/15 10 $198,651 -14% 2,731 $73   $38,694,875 20
2010/09/16 10 $207,146 +4% 2,731 $76   $38,902,021 21
2010/09/17 14 $393,261 +90% 2,013 $195   $39,295,282 22
2010/09/18 14 $560,363 +42% 2,013 $278   $39,855,645 23
2010/09/19 16 $257,725 -54% 2,013 $128   $40,113,370 24
2010/09/20 14 $79,046 -69% 2,013 $39   $40,192,416 25
2010/09/21 - $79,621 +1% 2,013 $40   $40,272,037 26
2010/09/22 - $76,703 -4% 2,013 $38   $40,348,740 27
2010/09/23 - $79,886 +4% 2,013 $40   $40,428,626 28
2010/09/24 - $107,576 +35% 707 $152   $40,536,202 29
2010/09/25 - $163,598 +52% 707 $231   $40,699,800 30
2010/09/26 - $73,501 -55% 707 $104   $40,773,301 31
2010/09/27 - $22,278 -70% 707 $32   $40,795,579 32
2010/09/28 - $22,816 +2% 707 $32   $40,818,395 33
2010/09/29 - $23,462 +3% 707 $33   $40,841,857 34
2010/09/30 - $24,198 +3% 707 $34   $40,866,055 35
2010/10/01 - $38,367 +59% 307 $125   $40,904,422 36
2010/10/02 - $59,274 +54% 307 $193   $40,963,696 37
2010/10/03 - $26,359 -56% 307 $86   $40,990,055 38
2010/10/04 - $10,384 -61% 307 $34   $41,000,439 39
2010/10/05 - $11,630 +12% 307 $38   $41,012,069 40
2010/10/06 - $10,816 -7% 307 $35   $41,022,885 41
2010/10/07 - $11,465 +6% 307 $37   $41,034,350 42

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/08/27 2 $24,772,384   2,874 $8,619   $24,772,384 7
2010/09/03 5 $9,967,085 -60% 2,874 $3,468   $34,739,469 14
2010/09/10 9 $4,162,552 -58% 2,731 $1,524   $38,902,021 21
2010/09/17 14 $1,526,605 -63% 2,013 $758   $40,428,626 28
2010/09/24 21 $437,429 -71% 707 $619   $40,866,055 35
2010/10/01 37 $168,295 -62% 307 $548   $41,034,350 42

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Italy 12/3/2010 $0 0 1 1 $2,371,925 12/14/2015
 
Rest of World $26,759,625
 
International Total$29,131,550 12/14/2015

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/9/20117150,516 150,516$2,536,195$2,536,1951
1/16/20111658,003-61% 208,519$973,290$3,509,4852
1/23/20112435,260-39% 243,779$621,634$4,131,1193

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/9/20111026,584 26,584$635,617$635,6171

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